Sanya Phoenix International Airport
Sanya Phoenix International Airport is located about 20 kilometers away from Sanya downtown. The airport shuttle waits at the domestic arrival hall (5 minutes’ walk from International arrival hall).
The first shuttle bus departures at 10:00 am, from 10:00 am to 20:00 p.m., per hour per shuttle. From 20:00 p.m. to 02:00 a.m. (the next day), one shuttle is ready to go every half an hour. Bus ticket is around CNY10 to CNY30. The taxi waiting area is just outside the domestic arrival hall. You may be charged about CNY50-CNY60 from airport to the city downtown.
Shuttle bus could be the main traffic tool while you are travelling in Sanya. There are more than 30 bus routes in the city, and the shuttles could always drop you off just a few steps from the spot entrance. One thing that needs you to note, sometimes it may take you over 15 minutes to wait for a bus that heads to the suburbs, so avoiding the peak hours would be a wise choice. We strongly suggest you to search the bus routes at Google in advance.
Rent a Car
Renting a car or a taxi for a daily trip is very popular in Sanya. The taxi driver will guide you and accompany with you during your whole journey. The price is about CNY200 to CNY300 in the low season, and doubled in the peak season. The most attractive things for you if renting a taxi is that you can arrange your itinerary flexibly without worrying about how to get to the attractions. It could be possible to visit two or three attractions in one day by taxi. The taxi drivers in Sanya could basically speak a little daily English, therefore, communication there would not be a problem.
One Day Tour
A cheaper and time-saving way to travel in sanya is to take part in the Sunny Bus One Day Tour or Ctrip One Day Tour. The price for the one day tour includes meals, transportation, and spots’ tickets.
It is much cheaper than travelling by yourself. The travel agency’s bus will pick you up at your hotel in the morning and drop you off in the afternoon after a day’s trip. Just remember to call the agency for seat reservation no later than 24 hours. The disadvantage of choosing one day tour is that you have to follow the tour guide all the way , and probably you are required to stay together with all the other tourists in your group. In general case, you are not encouraged to take action alone.
Rent a Motorbike
I would recommend you to travel by motor if you only travel around the downtown instead of a remote suburb in Sanya. The price of renting a motorbike (with permitted license) is CNY50 per day, plus CNY500 as a refundable deposit. Your passport or ID card is needed for registration. Road in the city is flat and wide enough for driving. Just be careful when you are driving in the rush hours.